Design and Construction of an RFID-enabled Infrastructure
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Design and Construction
of an RFID-enabled
The Next Avatar of the Internet
Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering
Internet 2.0 (previously called the Internet of Things) presents
a tantalizing vision of bridging the cyber and physical worlds
to forge a seamless planet-wide infrastructure in which cyber
resources and physical objects can interact without human
intervention. The technology needed to build the infrastructure
already exists. However, more than a decade after the vision of
Internet 2.0 was articulated, it remains largely unrealized except
in isolated settings.
Following a background discussion, Design and Construction
of an RFID-enabled Infrastructure: The Next Avatar of the
Internet addresses three questions:
– What are the barriers to the emergence of Internet 2.0 as a
global infrastructure ?
– What are the features that Internet 2.0 architecture must have
if it is to become a successful global infrastructure ?
– How can one build a prototype of Internet 2.0 ?
The quest for answers to the above questions threads the
narrative through the birthing process and maturation of
two successful global infrastructures—the Internet and the
web. Based on a review of the design philosophies underlying
the Internet and the web, their histories and the strategic
stewardship that midwifed their births, the book presents the
architectural guidelines for the Internet 2.0 infrastructure as
well as a blueprint for the construction of its prototype. The
discussion in the book is consolidated into a list of technical
and strategic guidelines intended to facilitate the incubation of
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